Marshall William Faulk was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sports were always a great escape from the bad influences in the neighborhood and at a young age began shaping Marshall into the man he is today. While attending George Washington Carver High School, Marshall excelled on the football field, the track and in the classroom. He was a diversified football player playing quarterback, running back, wide receiver and cornerback. Along with lettering in track, Marshall also excelled in the classroom. He learned early on the importance of good grades and a strong education.
After being recruited by several universities nationwide, Marshall chose to begin his running back career at San Diego State University. While other colleges pursued him with the intent of playing him at cornerback, San Diego State was the only school who showed interest in him for the offensive backfield. This move proved to open up a world of opportunity for Marshall's future professional career as well as instill his love for the San Diego area.
Marshall left San Diego State University holding many of the school's all-time offensive records. At that time Faulk was also ranked second on the NCAA's all-time list of most career touchdowns (62).
A versatile running back, Faulk not only ran the football well, he was also an excellent receiver. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts with the second overall pick of the 1994 NFL Draft. He made an immediate impact with the Colts by rushing for 1,282 yards and 11 touchdowns, and catching 52 passes for 522 yards and another score.
After the 1998 season, Faulk was traded to the St. Louis Rams. He was named Offensive Player of the Year and led the Rams to a Super Bowl championship. Faulk was named NFL MVP in 2000 with over 2,000 yards of total offense and 26 total touchdowns (an NFL record at that time).
Marshall's career came to an end due to reconstructive knee surgery. Faulk, a seven-time Pro Bowler, ended his career with 12,279 career rushing yards (tenth all-time), 100 career rushing touchdowns (seventh all-time), 6,875 receiving yards, 36 receiving touchdowns, and 19,154 total yards from scrimmage.
In August 2011, Marshall received the highest honor in football when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio: A first ballot inductee.
Outside of football, the all-star running back has found a passion for the game of golf. In just over ten years on the greens, Marshall has achieved a 6 handicap and an impressive 7 hole-in-ones. Two of his hole-in-ones came within four days of each other in July of 2009, one at the American Century Tournament and the other at Shady Canyon Golf Club.
photo credit: Johnakin Randolph